By Conrad Dudderar
New right-turn lanes onto Interstate 40 are finished and signal light work should be done by the end of March on Garth Brooks Boulevard.
These are among several key capital projects underway in the City of Yukon.
City Manager Tammy Kretchmar provided updates on ongoing capital improvements during the March 2nd Yukon City Council study session.
A two-phase project started Jan. 11 to provide stop light and turn lane improvements along Garth Brooks Boulevard.
The project features installation of right-hand turn lanes onto the I-40 on-ramps and enhanced traffic signals at all intersections between N.W. 10th and Vandament.
The roadwork is intended to reduce vehicle “back-ups” while improving traffic flow along the highly traveled Yukon business district, city officials said.
Contractor Brewer Construction has finished installing dedicated right-turn lanes off Garth Brooks Boulevard onto I-40. Project cost is $322,695.
Contractors SignalTek Inc. and Traffic Engineering Consultants are providing the traffic signal improvements, coordination and remote 24/7 monitoring at eight intersections on Garth Brooks Boulevard. Project cost is $202,475.
“We’ve done the right turns onto the interstate but we’re going to come back and update some of our old controllers,” city engineer Robbie Williams told council members. “That work will be done under normal traffic.”
Once the new controllers are installed, the traffic engineering consultant will conduct vehicle counts before programming the traffic lights.
“They’re going to have the ability, from their office, to see what’s going on, on Garth Brooks (Boulevard), and tweak anything there,” Williams explained.
The signal light work had been interrupted due to the recent snowstorms and a delay in receiving parts for the new cabinets and consoles.
Contractor crews are expected to start March 12 and take a “couple weeks” to finish, Kretchmar advised council members.
Left-turn lanes will be blocked one day for each intersection, according to Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams.
Yukon’s city manager updated the council on these other capital projects:
- Ranchwood Park Playground: The equipment is in and sidewalks have been poured for a new “inclusive” playground at Ranchwood Park, 200 Linda Lane. A “pour-in-place” surface will be installed once overnight weather is warmer. The council recently agreed to pay $174,945 to Play and Park Structures to replace 20-year-old play equipment.
- Garth Brooks Trail: Contractor bids will be solicited this month for a project to install a 10-foot-wide, multi-use trail on the east side of Garth Brooks Boulevard between State Highway 66 (Main Street) and Vandament. The pedestrian/bike trail will cost about $767,635, with a federal grant covering $515,960 of the price tag.
- State Highway 4: State contractor Manhattan Road & Bridge is back after a delay caused by recent wintry weather to finish installing the top layer of asphalt and striping on the $13.1 million first phase of the road project in Yukon city limits. The City of Yukon’s engineering group is seeking bids to relocate sewer and water lines for the project’s future second construction phase, between Wagner Road and SH-66.
- Frisco Road Interchange: State contractor Sherwood Construction is back on track after the bad weather going full speed ahead on the $14 million interchange at Frisco Road and I-40. An early fall completion is expected.
- Emergency Operations Center Upgrades: This “bunker” project is almost complete at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S Ranchwood. The council in June 2020 approved paying $585,224.23 to Presidio Networked Solutions for technology software, hardware and network services; and $63,976.50 to Total Radio/Bearcom for an 80-foot radio tower.
- Yukon City Park Ballfields: City contractor crews will install about $18,000 in new sidewalk and an estimated $25,000 in new fencing at the park fields. The City has taken over little league sports from the Yukon Optimist Sports Club, which disbanded. Yukon will use $70,000 that remained in the club’s account to make ballfield improvements.